Parallel adaptive mesh generation

A. I. Khan, B. H V Topping

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Unstructured meshes have proved to be a powerful tool for adaptive remeshing of finite element idealizations. This paper presents a transputer-based parallel algorithm for two dimensional unstructured mesh generation. A conventional mesh generation algorithm for unstructured meshes is reviewed by the authors, and some program modules of sequential C source code are given. The concept of adaptivity in the finite element method is discussed to establish the connection between unstructured mesh generation and adaptive remeshing. After these primary concepts of unstructured mesh generation and adaptivity have been presented, the scope of the paper is widened to include parallel processing for un-structured mesh generation. The hardware and software used is described and the parallel algorithms are discussed. The Parallel C environment for processor farming is described with reference to the mesh generation problem. The existence of inherent parallelism within the sequential algorithm is identified and a parallel scheme for unstructured mesh generation is formulated. The key parts of the source code for the parallel mesh generation algorithm are given and discussed. Numerical examples giving run times and the consequent "speed-ups" for the parallel code when executed on various numbers of transputers are given. Comparisons between sequential and parallel codes are also given. The "speed-ups" achieved when compared with the sequential code are significant. The "speed-ups" achieved when networking further transputers is not always sustained. It is demonstrated that the consequent "speed-up" depends on parameters relating to the size of the problem. © 1991.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-101
Number of pages27
JournalComputing Systems in Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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